It was another controversial day in the U.S. for President Trump, who visited a Ford factory in the crucial battle state of Michigan.
Trump visited the Ford plant, which was redesigned to produce fans and personal protective equipment, without wearing a face mask in front of TV cameras. Despite this, Ford reiterated its policy on Tuesday that all visitors should use them.
Surrounded by Ford executives who wore masks, Trump told reporters he had put one out of sight of the cameras,
“I already had one before. I wore one in the back area. I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing him, "Trump said.
When asked whether Trump was informed that it was acceptable not to wear a mask at the factory, Ford's chief executive, Bill Ford, said: "It depends on him."
"Honestly, I think I'm better off in a mask," added Trump, jokingly.
Trump has criticized the state's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who is seen as a possible vice president of Joe Biden.
On Thursday, the president called for the churches to reopen and said guidelines on this should be released soon.
Joanna Walters, of Guardian US, says it appears that the president is pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines of some kind that will indicate that it is okay to restart services in person.
Walters says that Trump made an eyebrow statement a little earlier, when he told a meeting of African American leaders: “We are opening our churches again. I think the CDC will release something very soon, I spoke to them today. I think they are going to release something very soon. We have to open our churches. "
The president said that guidance is expected today or tomorrow. "I said you better get it out there, and they are going to do it today or tomorrow, and the churches are going to open our churches," said Trump.
Leading federal public health officials have repeatedly called for caution about reducing restrictions on social distance, warning that this could cause an increase in coronavirus infections.
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